(Ralph Austin Butterflies are Free, Barnardine/Overdone Measure for Measure) is a Theater Major and Africana Studies Minor from Chicago, IL. Her recent credits include Angels in America (Belize), The Glass Menagerie (Tommie), Corpus Christi (Jesus), and many other productions at Oberlin. She recently produced, directed, and performed in her Theater Honors production “Songs From My Mothers’ Seashores”. She is grateful for her community, the drums, and her ancestors for guiding her.
(Duke Vincentio, Measure for Measure) Measure for Measure marks the 19th show for OSTF that David has been a part of. Last summer he appeared as Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. He is especially thrilled to be able to perform on the new Wurtzel stage. When not performing as an actor here in Oberlin and the Cleveland area he is the scenic carpenter for the Theatre, Opera and Dance departments here at Oberlin College.
(Pompey) is a third-year student from Durham, North Carolina. He has previously performed in shows such as Richard III (Duke of Buckingham), 33 Variations (Ludwig van Beethoven), and Chamber Play (Stranger), among others. Come fall, James will be playing Ty in All This Intimacy
(Provost, Measure for Measure, O.C. '72.) This is Pete's eighth season performing on O.S.T.F.'s stages; appearing as Claudio in Hamlet (2011), Will Masterson in Bus Stop (2012), Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (2013), Ben Weatherstaff in The Secret Garden (2014), Captain Smollet in Treasure Island (2015), Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables (2016), and Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker (2017).
(Mrs. Baker, Butterflies are Free) is delighted to be back at Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival for a fourth time, having appeared as Marmee in Little Women, Mrs. Van Daam in The Diary of Anne Frank and as Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden. Locally, she’s appeared at Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, and The Beck Center for the Performing Arts. In Chicago, she worked with The Second City, Wisdom Bridge Theatre and Porchlight Theatre. In San Francisco, she has performed with The American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival and the Marin Theatre Company. Tracey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Oberlin College. For the past two years Tracey has worked with Oberlin Drama at Grafton (ODAG) as an acting coach and director, having directed ODAG SWAG this past fall and Merchant of Venice this spring. Tracey is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
(Cabaret Director) is a resident Costume Designer/Associate Professor of Theater for the Oberlin College Theater Department and the Opera Theater of the Conservatory of Music. Although Chris has directed and designed works from a wide repertory of theater and opera, he has a special affection for musical plays, several of which he has directed at Oberlin, including Into the Woods, Company, Assassins, Sunday in the Park with George, The Landing and Spring Awakening. His lyric projects have also included several cabarets, showcases and workshops of theater music, both new and classic. With professional and educational companies he has designed costumes for a great diversity of contemporary plays, classics and masterworks, ranging from Shakespeare and Sondheim, Molière and Mamet, to Mozart and Britten. At Oberlin Chris teaches courses in Design and Musical Theater.
(Cabaret Performer/Francisca Measure for Measure) is a senior vocal performance major at Oberlin Conservatory and she is thrilled to be a part of OSTF this summer. Previous Oberlin credits include: Retold (Amanda), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Revolutionary), Chess (Florence), and The Musical of Musicals (June). Nicole spent a year abroad studying Musical Theatre at the New York Film Academy, where she played Carrie in Carrie the musical. This coming fall, Nicole is looking forward to playing Cobweb in Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream.
(Jamie Tyrone Long Day’s Journey into Night, Claudio Measure for Measure) is a fourth year Theatre major and Creative Writing minor from Brooklyn, New York. Oberlin credits include Body of Bourne (Frederick, Carl) What We Look Like (Robert, Stephen), Cabaret (Ernst), Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Little Women (Laurie), Angels in America: Perestroika (Joe Pitt), Circle Mirror Transformation (James), and This Is Our Youth (Dennis). This is his second summer with OSTF!
(Jill Tanner Butterflies are Free, Mariana Measure for Measure) is a senior theatre Major at Oberlin College. Oberlin Credits include: Angels in America: Perestroika (Harper Pitt), Other Desert Cities (Polly Wyeth), Twelfth Night(Olivia), Central Park West (Phyllis),Line (Arnall) and Chess (Ensemble). Previously with OSTF: The Winter’s Tale(Perdita), and The Miracle Worker(Ensemble). Christine studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School for a semester, where she worked on Chehkov’s Three Sisters (Irina). This coming fall Christine will be a part of the cast of Urinetown at Oberlin College
(Lucio Measure for Measure) is overjoyed to be a part of the OSTF for the second consecutive year. He is currently in his final year with the CWRU and Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. After earning his BFA in Theater from the University at Buffalo, Gregory spent seven years in Los Angeles working as an actor, writer, and director. He is currently writing and performing sketch comedy around Cleveland in his free time. Recent credits include David in Hay Fever, Trigorin in The Seagull, Billy in Cicada, andJohn in Fifth of July with the Cleveland Play House, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, as well as Mr. Brooke in Little Women with OSTF. Thank you to my amazing wife for all her love and support. GregoryJamesActing.com @GregoryJamesActing
(Escalus, Measure for Measure) is happy to be returning to OSTF for the third season previously seen in Romeo & Juliet, Little Women, and The Winter's Tale. Other Theater: Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod Crane), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), That Championship Season (James). Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Francis Flute) with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Directing: The Addams Family, It’s A Wonderful Life, Children of Eden. Also Co-Host of the award winning TV Show, Entertainment Pix. Much Love and Many Thanks to his always supportive and beautiful wife MaryBeth. Follow @andyknode.
(Edmund Tyrone Long Day’s Journey into Night, Angelo Measure for Measure) is an Oberlin College graduate from Cambridge, MA, and is thrilled to be back with OSTF this summer! He previously appeared in Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) and Picnic (Alan) as part of OSTF’s 2018 season. College credits include Spring Awakening (Ernst), Melancholy Play (Lorenzo), Angels in America (Prior), and Cabaret (Cliff).
(Producing Artistic Director, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Measure for Measure) is the Chair of the Theater and Dance Program and associate professor of theater at Oberlin College. Moser studied at Brown University and the Yale School of Drama. Professionally he has directed at Indiana Repertory Theater, Portland Stage Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The New Harmony Theater Company, and Theater Virginia. He has written two works for the stage, The Problem with Dinosaurs (1992) and Sanctuary (1995). He joined the Oberlin faculty in 1990 and has since directed such diverse productions as The Cherry Orchard, Tartuffe, Picnic, and All’s Well That Ends Well, The Cradle Will Rock, The Wager, Light Up the Sky, and The Merchant of Venice. Moser founded Oberlin’s Black River Theater Company (BRT)—which brings free professional theater productions to Lorain County during the summer, Past BRT productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night performed in the College’s Hall Auditorium.
Karen Nelson Moser
(Mary Tyrone, Long Day’s Journey into Night) Karen Nelson Moser appeared last season as Flo Owens in Picnic. Prior to that, Ms. Moser was Ethel in Barefoot in the Park, Countess Rousillion in All’s Well That Ends Well, Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba, Stella Livingston in Light Up The Sky, Gertrude in Hamlet, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and Mrs. Webb in Our Town. She has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1981. Over the years, she has performed in San Francisco, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire, and New Harmony, Indiana. She spent six seasons as a company member with the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, where she met her husband, Paul. Representative roles include: Wendla in Spring Awakening, Constance in She Stoops to Conquer, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sarah in Children of a Lesser God, Diane in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Lucy in Dracula, Lee in Marvin’s Room, Natasha in Three Sisters, Margot in Dial M for Murder, and Elmire in Tartuffe. Ms. Moser holds an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
(Don Baker Butterflies are Free, Elbow Measure for Measure) is a junior planned Theater and Physics double major at Oberlin College and is extremely excited to participate in OSTF this summer! At Oberlin, he has performed in the theater departments Cabaret as Max/Kit Kat boy and with The Oberlin Musical Theater Association he has performed in Retold, where he played Prince Anthony, Merrily We Roll Along, where he played Franklin Shepard, and Heathers: the Musical, where he played Big Bud Dean/Rams Dad. Connor would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support and hopes everyone “detests” the show.
(Isabella Measure for Measure, Cathleen Long Day’s Journey into Night) is a second-year Theatre and Psychology double major at Oberlin College from Sydney, Australia. Since coming to Oberlin, she has performed in Body of Bourne (Ruth/Emmy, Oberlin Mainstage), What We Look Like (Sarah/Martha, Oberlin Mainstage), Cabaret (Rosie, Oberlin Mainstage), Chamber Play (Amanda, Oberlin Labseries) and Women of Will (Katherine, Oberlin Labseries). She also appeared in Drive Angry (Chemo-boy) and Favourite Lady (Frankie) for the 2018 10-Minute Play Festival.
(Director Butterflies are Free) has an M.F.A. in directing from the New School and and a B.A. from Oberlin College. A performer, writer, & director for the NY Neo-Futurists, Joey was a Kennedy Center playwright, and wrote and performed in Locker #4173b (recipient of the New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production). This past year in New York, Joey directed Roberto Zucco, Vancancies, Hal,and 5 short films. Recently for OSTF, Joey has choreographed fights and directed The Cradle Will Rock and Romeo and Juliet.
(Cabaret Performer, Friar Peter/Ensemble Measure for Measure) is a recent 2019 graduate of Oberlin College making his OSTF debut in the Underground Cabaret and Measure for Measure. Alex made his first Broadway appearance at age five in Deborah Warner’s production of Medea, played Chip in Beauty and the Beast, and originated the role of Michael in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins. He continued to pursue theater throughout high school and while at Oberlin played the role of the Balladeer in OMTA’s 2017 production of Assassins.
(Cabaret Performer/Juliet Measure for Measure) is a recent graduate from Baldwin Wallace University’s BFA in Acting. Recent credits include Avenue Q (Christmas Eve) at Blank Canvas Theater, and Medea (Creon/Tutor/Chorus) at Baldwin Wallace. She’s so excited to be in Oberlin this summer working with their summer theatre festival! Much love to the cast and crew and her friends and family for all their support. Enjoy the show!!
(Cabaret Performer, Froth/Ensemble Measure for Measure) is thrilled to be making his OSTF debut. Originally from Atlanta, Jonah began his professional career regionally in performances including la Boheme (The Atlanta Opera), Carmen (The Atlanta Opera) The King and I (dir. Baayork Lee), and Zorro (The Alliance Theatre). He wrote, directed, and starred in the series, Making It Happen, for Carnegie Hall's Musical Exchange. Jonah garnered national attention playing twin brother and sister, originating the role of Ben/Lisa off-Broadway in Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's critically acclaimed Disaster. Jonah thanks his parents for constantly supporting him, his brothers for always being there to lend a hand, and his cats for being super soft and fluffy. Jonah is a student at Oberlin College studying computer science and theater, and he is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. www.jonahverdon.com
(James Tyrone, Long Day’s Journey into Night) is a professional actor and director whose work has been seen across the country at theaters such as La Jolla Playhouse, Studio Arena of Buffalo, New Theater, Actor’s Playhouse, Caldwell Theatre, Florida Stage, Florida Studio Theater, Coconut Grove, Great Lakes Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theater and The Beck Center For The Arts. In 1997 he won the Carbonnel Award for Best Actor (Miami area), for his portrayal of Prior Walter in ANGELS IN AMERICA. More recently, he’s been cited by the Cleveland Critics Circle Awards for Superior Achievement in Directing in 2014 for SPIRITS TO ENFORCE at Cleveland Public Theater, and again in 2017 for HAND TO GOD at Dobama Theatre. He was also cited by the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Superior Achievement as an Actor in 2013 for THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS at Cleveland Public, and for Superior Achievement as an Actor in A Musical in 2016 for RUTHLESS at Beck Center. This summer will mark his ninth as a company member of Oberlin Summer Theater. He has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for thirty years.